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Tuesday, 3rd July 2012
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Debut offshore wind farm moves closer to completion

The first ever Japanese wind farm located at sea could begin producing electricity by January 2013, government officials have revealed.

Japan is increasingly turning to non-nuclear alternatives in the wake of the Fukushima disaster last year, and wind and solar energy are leading the way.

The latest offshore facility will be capable of producing 2.4 megawatts of energy and has been planned for some time, but its inauguration will mark a major milestone in the country's departure from nuclear power, Reuters reported.

However, more work needs to be done for this to become a viable alternative energy source as Japan's existing nuclear capacity totals some 46.15 gigawatts (GW).

The environment ministry has plans to significantly expand capacity in the years ahead, with the news agency reporting that the government department estimates that Japan could ultimately generate a colossal 1,600 GW through offshore wind farms.

Figures released earlier this year also showed that solar energy was growing in popularity in Japan, with sales of photovoltaic equipment rising by 38 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.

Written by Susan Ballion